We were very excited to hear from the delightful Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker (who write to us, appropriately, as a single unit), the authors/composers of one of our two all-time favorite stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: A Musical, to tell us two very exciting pieces of news about the musical.
The first is that there will be a production of the musical in Edmonds, Washington, the first-ever high school production of this musical, at Edmonds Heights K-12 (formerly Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center) on May 6-15, 2011. The production is directed by Shileah Corey and features a cast of 35 talented actors, ages 14-18. Performances are May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm, with matinee performances May 8 and 15 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door. We suggest that our readers in the Seattle area check it out! We’ve seen some pretty professional school plays in our time, so we expect this to be thoroughly enjoyable.
The second piece of news is that the play is a finalist in the 2011 New York Music Theater Festival Next Link Project. This means the play was chosen from hundreds of entries as one of 28 finalists. Eleven of those plays will be chosen to be produced in September in New York City! The writers also will be introduced to industry professionals who can bring the show to bigger and better things. The announcement will be made in mid-May. All our fingers and toes are crossed and re-crossed that this will happen. The dream lives! Check out the production website for samples of music from the production, and our review of an earlier version of the musical from a few years ago. Unlike most of the recent multimedia projects related to Jane Austen’s work, trust us, Gentle Readers: this one is worth getting excited about.